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Sleep

Language: English

Come, Sleep, and with thy sweet deceiving
Lock me in delight awhile;
Let some pleasing [dreams]1 beguile
All my fancies; that from thence
[I may feel]2 an influence
All my powers of care bereaving.

Though but a shadow, but a sliding,
Let me know some little joy!
We that suffer long annoy
Are contented with a thought
Through an idle fancy wrought:
O let my joys have some abiding!



Translation(s): GER FRE

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1 Gurney: "dream"
2 Warlock: "There may steal"

Submitted by Ted Perry

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * GER German (Julia Hamann) , "Schlaf", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Guy Laffaille) , "Sommeil", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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